Take a Moment to Read My Story

October 17, 2011

When I was around 20 years old, I got some news no woman wants to hear. I had an abnormal pap smear and needed to be rechecked. The second one came back abnormal as well. I was then sent for a biopsy of my cervix which revealed pre-cancerous cells. A procedure was performed to get rid of the abnormal cells, and I have had normal test results for the past 15 years.

So why am I telling you all this? Well, I am VERY concerned about the recent attacks on women’s healthcare. You see, my pre-cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment was provided to me by…get ready for it…Planned Parenthood. I’ll give all of my more conservative friends a moment to pull themselves together (wink-wink).

That’s right. Planned Parenthood. The ONLY place a 20-year-old college girl working for minimum wage at a daycare center that did not offer healthcare benefits could get regular well-woman care and treatment. Not only did I receive affordable care, but quality care, lots of education, and respect.

I don’t like to think about what could have happened had I not been diagnosed so early and treated so quickly. Cervical cancer? Chemotherapy? Hysterectomy? Death? I look at my four beautiful children and wonder if their lives would have been possible.

So before you immediately think “abortion” when you hear “Planned Parenthood,” take a few moments and remember my story. What they did for me, in my opinion, was very pro-life.


The reason I wrote this was NOT to spark a debate about abortion. This is a very sensitive subject for me and many women who face difficult situations. Please be kind and courteous. Also, be aware that any negative comments will not be tolerated.


Who Me? Blog??

June 12, 2010

So my friend has been telling me I should blog. I keep telling her I don’t have time, and I wouldn’t know what to write even if I did have the time. Her advice was to make time and just start writing. So here goes…

Married With Children:

A little introduction into my life. I have been married for 11 years. My husband is a nurse, which makes for some interesting conversations when my more natural model meets his medical model and vice versa. However, it makes for a good balance as we try to navigate the job of parenting our four children, ages 8, 6, 4, and 3.


We recently began homeschooling our two oldest. It has only been a few months, but we are all loving it. I’ve found that they really do grow up quickly, so I enjoy having them with me everyday. Number three begins Kindergarten in the fall. I am interested to see how I handle juggling three in school and a preschooler!

I Gotta Have Faith:

I love Jesus. Really. Wouldn’t want to try to live this life without Him. My faith and spirituality has changed a lot over the past 15 years and continues to do so. I love how, no matter how much I put into my spiritual growth, no matter what God teaches me about life and faith, no matter how much I think I have figured out…I never arrive. The journey goes on and on. Why do I love that? Because, wihout fail, the next place I come to is always so much more amazing than the last, that I can’t wait to see what’s next!

I Gotta Have Friends:

I wouldn’t want to try to live this life without them, either. I have regular weekly meetings with my group of friends. One with all of our kids, one without. I count on it. These ladies breathe life into me in a unique way that nothing else can.

Childbirth and All Things Childbirth Related:

I won’t say much about it in this blog post. You can read about my journey to becoming a doula here.


The only thing I am more passionate about than birth. If I have a few minutes to myself, I WILL be at the piano singing. If there is someone around willing to sing with me, even better! I still find myself hoping that somewhere down the line, my destiny involves using this talent in a more public arena than my living room, but for now, I am content to sing to my children and our hamster.;)


A must-have for moms. Naptime for the children so I can have a break. Naptime for me on occasion, so I can get through a day that’s looking particularly long for some unknown reason.

I know there’s a lot more I could say, but the aforementioned naptime for children is about to draw to a close, and I will once again hit the ground running!

 So there it is…Blog #1.


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